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l August 7, 1992 Seeking Continued from page 1 !pecial way we are trying to five out the ministry Christ has given to us. i The statement is neither so broad that no real direction is given nor is it so specific that The Message Monthly m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana I III I I I it limits us too much. It pro- vides a solid framework that makes it possible to develop more specific goals and objec- tives and to channel the ef- forts of our diverse Catholic people. Diocesan census update 3y SR. LOUISE BOND, SNJM : Chancellor i'Census Report I from ]Parish census chairpersons ladicates notable progress in i:| [10u r diocesan goal of complet- |lag a total census by l,becember ! I.!i Many parishes have al- ready appointed chairper- Son(s), communications and laterials coordinator, field Coordinator, and team cap- rains. Volunteers are being f visitations.Sught for tile door-to-door Parishes report taking the Census of those already regis- tered by either direct mail or :at Sunday Mass. Those who do not return the census form :are contacted by telephone. Many parishes are contacting :| ] i:aeighboring churches of other | ] faiths and some have chosen ,not to involve other churches. Ecumenical Directory by Deanery will be available in early September. Meanwhile, Pastors are making local Contacts. The diocesan Communica- tions Office has mailed news releases to media throughout i the diocese. Public service l announcements willl also be requested. Census chairper- Sons will receive cooies to Share with thmr respective Communications coordina- tors. Each parish will share Specifics about the census with the media; e.g., dates for your own parish census, rmmber of volunteers, etc. Labels and address lists for Vanderburgh, Posey, and Warrick Counties will be available in August. Parish chairpersons will receive exact labels for households within their parish bound- aries and a map of the area. The delay for these counties was unavoidable since we are trying to also glean informa- tion from the 1990 Census Reports. Parishes that are ready to start their census may call the Chancery to re- quest priority and everything possible will be done to honor such requests. Parishes will keep the cen- sus information at the local level. A brief report of certain data will be sent to the Synod Central Planning Committee. Forms will be mailed to the parishes in September. We are pleased that an ad- ditional 12 parishes will be introducing Parish Data Sys- tems soon. This is a software program to manage parish census and contributions. Approximately 77 percent of our parishes will now be using this helpful tool. Pastors, pastoral staffs and census workers deserve con- gratulations for the spirit with which they have ap- proached this major project. Many benefits will be evident in 1993 as we accurately de- scribe who we are and who we serve within the Catholic Diocese of Evansville in Southwestern Indiana. Parish synod task force Pastors in parishes throughout the Diocese of Evansville have been asked to ,b,gns process to select the Synod Task Force." Pastors who serve more than one parish may wish to appoint one task force for two or three parishes, with a rep- resentative from each parish. Here is what is involved: Purpose Each parish is to have a Parish Synod Task Force. The Parish Synod Task force will Serve as a bridge between the Parish and the Synod Central Planning Committee. All communication regard- ing the synod and parish in- Volvement will be channeled through this group. All parish data will be reported to the Parish Synod Task Force who has the responsibility of fol- lowing the timeline for re- ports to the Synod Central Planning Committee. Major tasks 1. To help give direction ta the Synod consultation processes at the parish level as directed by the Synod Cen- tral Planning Committee. This will include the following: Developing parish aware- ness of the Synod process. Inviting parishioners to keep the Synod in prayer. Dissemination of desig- nated information through the usual parish communica- tion channels. Assisting key parish lead- ers in understanding and sup- porting the Synodal planning process. Helping key parish lead- ers facilitate prayer, study, re- flection with designated groups on Synod topics. Facilitating the selection of parish Synocl delegates. 2. To submit written progress reports on a form provided. 3. To critique the on-going Synodal process in an open, trusting manner. Time commitment Parish Synod Task Force members will serve from Nov. 1, 1992 through Decem- ber 1993. An average of five hours per month for preparation and meetings on-site and within the deanery is anticipated. Who is to serve? Two or three parishioners, including one from the parish Council, and a pastoral staff member will comprise the Parish Synod Task Force. The pastoral staff member will be designated as the Con- tact Person both for receiving and sending communica- tions. Draft Mission Statement for consultation WE ARE THE CHURCH. THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE IN US! . 4. The Catholics of Southwestern Indiana, diverse in culture, race and skills, are one in FAITH. God calls us together to celebrate the presence of Christ in the Word, Sacrament and in each other. 7. We accept our responsibility to reconcile 8. the differences which separate us from one another and the community. 9. We, the Diocese of Evansville, pledge to  i:i 10. teach and live by our faith as we ' 11. FOLLOW THE SPIRIT! 9 Parishioners" consultation form Your parish will be asking you for your comments  your answers to three questions about the draft Mission Statement. The form below is your opportunity to collaborate in the work of the diocese. A group of people from various parts of the diocese were called together by Bishop Get- telfinger to prepare for Synod '93. One of their first steps was to develop a Mission State- ment. It is printed above. Is it a good Mission Statement? Can you support what it states? Does something need to be added? Does something need to be dropped? Does it possess the characteristics of agood Mission Statement (as outlined in the page one article)? How can it be improved? Your parish pastoral council will be calling a meeting (or perhaps planning other ways to collect comments from parishioners) to discuss the draft Mission Statement. You will help improve the draft Mission Statement by answering the following three questions, Please type or print your comments in the space below, or use additional paper for your answers. As directed by your parish pastor or parish council, share your comments with others in yam" parish. ' 1. Strengths: What strengths or positive qualities does the Mission Statement possess? Indicate two or three strengths you believe the draft Mission statement possesses. 2. Weaknesses: What weaknesses or problems does the Mission Statement possess? Indicate weaknesses or problems you believe the draft Mission Statement possesses, 3. Suggestions for Improvement: What specific changes would you suggest in the Mis- sion Statement? How might it be rewritten to improve it? Indicate ways that the draft Mission Statement can be improved. Please refer to por- tions of the statement by line number, as in the example given below. Line Number 6 Example/Suggestion Change to: "in the Word, in the Sacrament and in each other" Line Number Suggestion One Line Number Suggestion Two Suggestion Three Line Number